Monday, February 13, 2006


More Mullins Kudos

Birmingham midfielder Julian Gray has sung the praises for his West Ham counterpart Hayden Mullins.

"I know Hayden from our days together at Palace," said Gray on the website. "He played mainly in defence then, but he's been performing wonders in midfield for West Ham this season. Hayden's a real unsung hero. He's an understated player and he's not been getting the headlines like the others have, but he's as vital to West Ham as anyone. He's a quality player. He just goes about his business and gets on with his job without making a fuss at all. The most important thing is to play your role for the team. That's what he does and I'm sure that even though he doesn't make many headlines, all the players respect the job that he does and the manager loves having him on his team."

On the upcoming match against West Ham, he said: "We need to get something out of the game, but we're under no illusions how tough it will be. They are in top form. A lot of people didn't expect them to do so well this season, but they've got young players who are all hungry and that's shown on the pitch. I think playing together in the first division has also helped them a lot. They are all familiar with each other's game and they are a strong team unit."

Gray added that he has a few other friends on the West Ham side, namely Nigel Reo-Coker, Anton Ferdinand and Paul Konchesky.

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